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Financial considerations before filing for divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | High Asset Divorce |

Divorce is inherently an emotionally taxing time. When there is significant wealth on the line, the emotional and financial stakes become even higher. The thought of dividing up substantial assets can seem daunting, especially in Kentucky, where the financial details are highly nuanced.

The good news is that this process does not have to be as overwhelming as you think. Whether it is getting a clear picture of your wealth or grasping the true value of your assets, knowing these details can help you navigate this challenging time with more confidence and clarity. Here are some practical tips to consider as you prepare your finances for a high-asset divorce.

Understand your financial landscape

A thorough understanding of your financial situation is crucial when dividing assets in a divorce. Start by compiling a detailed list of everything you own and owe — this includes your bank accounts, investments, retirement funds, real estate and any other significant assets. Knowing exactly what you have and what you owe sets the stage for a fair division of assets with your spouse.

Know the accurate value of your assets

Kentucky is an “equitable distribution” state. This means that instead of simply splitting everything down the middle, the law aims to divide assets in a way that is fair but not necessarily equal. The court takes a close look at several factors, such as your financial situation, what you have contributed to the marriage and what your economic future might look like.

That is why it is crucial to know exactly what your assets are worth, whether they are real estate, business interests or other significant investments. Accurate valuations have a substantial impact on how the court will divide in the divorce. Getting this right helps ensure that the division is as fair and equitable as possible.

Preparing your finances for a high-asset divorce takes careful thought and strategic action. Divorce is a challenging time, but knowing the right strategies can be your first step toward effectively safeguarding your financial health. Remember, the goal is to emerge from the divorce with a solid foundation for your future.